EASTER. This day has now become my favorite day of the year! As I have walked many “miles’ on my journey of faith, I have overcome so much, my faith has grown, and my love for Jesus has run deeper than I could ever imagine. I never want to get over this; the remembrance of Good Friday, and the price he paid for our sins, taking our sins upon himself to give us life. As we wait on Saturday, there is silence, there is darkness, but this will not last; Sunday has come! Jesus has conquered death; he has shattered the darkness, and has been raised to new life. It is this new life that he offers all of us! It is this victory that we share with him! O Death where is your sting? It is gone! It is finished! Death could not hold him, the grave could not keep him, and He offers us this same life, not just someday in Heaven, but today in our lives; we are to also be resurrected to new life, to bring forth light that shatters the darkness of the world around us, to testify of his great love! Yes, we have to take up our own cross, we struggle in life and learn the beauty of surrendering our lives over to him. He is the only one who can take our broken mess and make something new, and He does. I use to be a person who was really insecure, who always worried about what others thought of me; wondering if I was ever good enough to belong; but as I struggled with these feelings, doubts and fears and continued to give them over to Jesus, little by little He would show me more of how much he loved me. He helped me to see who I am in Him. He helped me to see the price He paid. I now saw the cross more vivid than ever before. But he wasn’t done. He brought me out of my pit of insecurities, doubts and fears, and gave me new life. He set my feet upon a rock and told me how much he loved me. The darkness in my life has been shattered. I no longer care what others may think, because I know that as long as I am walking in the ways and will of God, that is enough, it’s all he asks of me, and now my significance is found in Christ alone. Death could not hold Jesus and neither could it hold me! I am now free to be all that Christ has made me. I am free to love and to serve; not out of obligation or duty, but out of an overflow of love, and gratitude of what Jesus has done for me!! I know who I am in Christ, and I know that in such a deep way that it is fleshed out in the life I live. It radiates from every part of me, wanting to do nothing out of selfish ambition, but out of love and gratitude to Jesus who has done such an amazing work in me. I am now able to love people where they are at on the journey, no longer getting anxious for their growth, but to pray them forth into all the growth that God wants to do in their lives. I can love and accept people knowing it’s only by the power of Jesus that can raise them to new life. It is a journey from the cross to the empty tomb for all of us. And even when we have victory, we are still continuing our journey onward. Oh Jesus, my heart is so overflowed in gratitude for all that you have done for me. I can’t thank you enough, I can’t seem to sing enough praises to you! Lord, may I never get over all that you have done for me, and may I never be ashamed of the gospel that gave me new life. Thank you Jesus for the cross and for the empty tomb may we all be your lights shining brightly for your kingdom. This is Easter; not only remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus, but the death and resurrection in each of our lives. What has God resurrected you out of? What is your new life story? How will you let that shine forth to shatter the darkness in this world? To bring hope to others? He came so that we could live; He came to give us life and life more abundant! It is for Today! Are you living in the Resurrection life that Jesus died to freely give? This is the Good News! This is what I want every Sunday to be for me!! I want Sunday to now be Resurrection Day! Every Sunday, I want to make sure that I celebrate all that I have overcome and am becoming in Christ, as I live out that new life all week long! Happy Easter, And May you truly live a new life in Christ!! Below I posted our churches Easter Service. There are two sections of it that I love the most; the one is after we show a clip of Jesus coming out of the tomb from “the passion of the Christ” at 29:30 there is an awesome song of VICTORY that we sang!!! We also did cardboard testimonies at point 1:01 in the video there is our “cardboard” testimonies that I was a part of. We all have testimonies that bring us out of the tomb into new life. Share yours, because He died so you could live and testify of his great love it is why we are here! God Bless You!